A new law takes effect this month in Virginia, doubling the amount of time a mentally ill person or someone suspected of being mentally ill can be held under an emergency custody order, from a maximum of six hours to a maximum of 12. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys are the best resources to discuss any changes in laws as they are put into action.
Small Reform To Aid Mentally Ill
The law was passed after Virginia senator Sen. R. Creigh Deed’s son, Austin Deeds, stabbed Sen. Deeds in the face and chest. Austin Deeds then went on to take his own life. The incident, which occurred in November 2013, happened after an agency failed to find a hospital bed for him within the time of the emergency custody order.
The new law will double the time officials have to find an open bed for those patients under custody orders. The new law requires the state to provide a “bed of last resort” if no bed is found. It also requires the state to maintain a real-time online registry showing where beds are available.
If you or someone you love is facing criminal charges, it is imperative to speak with Northern Virginia criminal defense attorneys who will be able to review your case and lay out your options. Call today for your free, initial consultation.